My Northeaster dory is nearing the home stretch. I'm going for a painted rather than bright finish, so I was wondering if the whole thing can be slathered in fairing compound rather than three coats of resin. There is already one coat of resin on all wood surfaces at this point.
I've used WEST 407 to fill the weave on the bottom fiberglass - it sanded quickly and gave a perfect finish. As an added bonus, the ugly reddish color makes it obvious when you've sanded into the fiberglass. Any reason not to do the same with the planking and interior? The thwarts and gunwales will be varnished, so they got a full three coats.
Another question is with regard to the skeg - it seems the end grain will get whacked whenever the boat is beached. Any reason not to fiberglass it?
Finally, is there any reason not to glue the thwarts into the hull (with the exception of the removable one)?